Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a lawsuit against his state’s largest hospital, alleging it violated a patient’s privacy when it leaked news that a 10-year-old girl had crossed state lines for an abortion.
Rokita, a Republican, filed the lawsuit Friday, alleging that the doctor, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, wrongfully outed the 10-year-old girl who traveled from Ohio to Indiana for the abortion.
“Neither the 10-year-old nor her mother gave the doctor authorization to speak to the media about their case,” the lawsuit states. “Rather than protecting the patient, the hospital chose to protect the doctor, and itself.”
The lawsuit names Indiana University Health and IU Healthcare Associates, claiming they violated HIPAA laws.
An Indiana board voted Thursday to reprimand Bernard for performing the abortion and sharing the information about the procedure with the media.
The Indiana …